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Murdoch's World: Demagoguery, Propaganda, Scandal, Sleaze and Warmongering

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-- On July 11, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown accuses News International newspapers of illegally obtaining private information about him.

-- On July 12, UK lawmakers summon Rupert and James Murdoch, as well as Rebekah Brooks to testify before Parliament.

-- On July 13, News Corp. withdraws its takeover bid for UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB. In addition, Prime Minister Cameron announces a wide-ranging public inquiry into the scandal.

-- On July 14, the FBI launches an investigation into whether News Corp. may have hacked into phones of 9/11 victims after members of Congress requested it.

-- On July 15, Brooks resigns as News International CEO. In addition, Dow Jones head Les Hinton resigns.

-- On July 15, New York Times writer Don Van Natta Jr. headlined, "Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard," saying:

The Times learned that former NOTW editor Neil Wallis "report(ed) back to News International while he was working for the police on the hacking case. Executives and others at the company also enjoyed close social ties to Scotland Yard's top officials."

"Since the hacking scandal began in 2006," Metropolitan Police Service assistant commissioner John Yates and other police officials "regularly dined with editors from News International papers, records show. Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, met for lunch or dinner 18 times with company executives and editors during the investigation," including eight times with Wallis while employed by NOTW.

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